"Dawn of Infinity"

By Dr. Abner Mality

It's been a while since we've heard anything from Italy's Cruz del Sur label, but Dark Forest has definitely been worth the wait. This is a classic Cruz del Sur band...traditional melodic heavy metal with a powerful kick, well produced and packaged. Dark Forest themselves hail from England, but even if you didn't know that, you'd be able to tell: there is just that staunchly British feel to the music.

I wouldn't quite lump this in with all the NWOBHM revivalists, although anybody who enjoys that era of music should get into this. The songs are a little too fast and the guitar sound just a bit too thick for that.  The rarely used term "speed metal" can be applied to most of the songs on "Dawn of Infinity", but especially "Light Years On", "Green Knight" and "Black Delta"....they race along nicely, but with strong Maiden/Angelwitch flavor as opposed to thrash. The vocals are also and melodic, capable of some piercing screams on occasion, You can easily make out the lyrics and that's good, because these blokes are inspired by classic fantasy and science fiction. "Hourglass", "Light Years On" and "The Stars My Destination" are all SF tales while "Green Knight" and "Under The Greenwood Tree" deal with wel-trod British folklore.

There are a couple of places where things seem to drag, but lovers of British metal with class and speed have yet another band to add to the "must get" pile.